A21 Road (England)

A21 Road (England)

For other roads with the same name see List of A21 roads.

A21 road

The A21 at Pembury.
Route information
Length: 63 mi (101 km)
Major junctions
Northwest end: London (Lewisham)51°27′25″N 0°00′49″W / 51.4569°N 0.0135°W / 51.4569; -0.0135Coordinates: 51°27′25″N 0°00′49″W / 51.4569°N 0.0135°W / 51.4569; -0.0135
A20 road
M25 motorway
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A224 road
A225 road
A227 road
A228 road
A229 road
A232 road
A259 road
A262 road
A264 road
A265 road
A268 road
A2014 road
A2100 road
A2101 road
A2102 road
A2211 road
A2212 road
Southeast end: Hastings50°51′40″N 0°33′30″E / 50.8611°N 0.5582°E / 50.8611; 0.5582
Location
Primary
destinations:
Bromley
Sevenoaks
Royal Tunbridge Wells
Road network
  • Roads in the United Kingdom
  • Motorways
  • A and B road zones

The A21 is a major trunk road in Southern England and is one of the many connecting London and various commuter towns to the south coast. It provides a link to Hastings, East Sussex and parts of Kent. Half of the distance covered is over difficult terrain, and the hills and bends on the road result in slow-moving traffic, particularly during weekdays on the single carriageway stretches; and during the summer with holiday traffic. Because of this, people have described the A21 as "a joke" and businesspeople have been reported to “hate coming down the A21”. There have been many proposals to upgrade parts of the A21 in response to this.

Parts of the A21 follow the turnpike roads: one being the section from Sevenoaks to Tunbridge Wells, opened in 1710; other sections of the road were similarly dealt with later in the century. The road between the M25 and Hastings is designated a trunk road, and is maintained and managed by the Highways Agency.

The A21 is used for the 55 miles (89 km) Maydayrun to Hastings in which motorcyclists ride from South London to the Hastings seafront. It claims to be the largest non-organised event in the UK, attracting over 20,000 bikers.

Read more about A21 Road (England):  Overall View of The Road, History, Safety, Proposed Improvements, Landmarks, Junctions

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